NetWorx and NetMeter are two excellent network usage monitoring programs, but they are desktop applications, if you are favorable of using windows 7 gadgets, the following distinctive ones are created for you.
1, Network Meter
It will show you the bandwidth usage, IP address, upload and download speed, SSID and signal quality, etc. Network Meter supports both wired network and wireless network, it’s very similar to Network Monitor II.
Checkout it now from microsoft.com.
2, Network Traffic
Network Traffic is a simple Windows widget developed for monitoring upload and download bandwidth, it supports both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 7 and Windows Vista.
Click to get it from Softpedia.
This is a free and simple bandwith monitor widget, to use it you must install Yahoo! widget engine first.
You can download it from Softpedia.
4, Network Utilization
This gadget will show you the network usage in real time on your desktop, you can select the network interface card to monitor, set the update interval, history type and scale. The user interface is very sleek.
Network Utilization is a 18KB download available from Softpedia.
5, Network Monitor II
Network Monitor II is a free and lightweight Windows gadget developed to show you inbound and outbound traffic and other statistics of network activity.
- Display both internal and external IP address of your computer.
- Display download speed, upload speed and net usage.
- Display total downloaded/uploaded bytes, and downloaded/uploaded bytes of current session.
- Support both wired network and wireless network.
- Customize the text color of each element on the user interface.
- Auto update if internal/external IP changed.
- Save traffic counters to external file.
Network Monitor II works on Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista, it supports both 32-bit and 64-bit systems.
6, Bandwidth Graph
This is another network traffic monitor widget based upon Yahoo! widget engine, it allows to choose the measure unit between Bytes, KiloBytes, MegaBytes, GigaBytes, Bits, Kilobits, Megabits and Gigabits, and offers you a button to reset the counter.
Download it from yahoo.com.
Feel free to find and download more network bandwidth meter, WiFi meter, Battery Meter, CPU meter or Memory meter from http://widgets.yahoo.com, http://desktop.google.com/ and http://gallery.live.com/.